This story begins as a heart-wrenching tragedy and ends with hope. In March, 2010, the Storch family was on a skiing vacation when 13-year-old Taylor had a horrible skiing accident that ended her life. As the family grieved, they made the life-changing decision to donate her organs. This story follows four other families and their battles with different diseases and health problems. When Taylor’s organs were donated, these families got new life!
When the accident takes place, the grief is completely overwhelming to say the least. Tara, the mother couldn’t eat for several days. She sobbed and vomited…for days. Even after several days, she would awaken screaming for her daughter. This went on around the clock for weeks. Friends and family were there 24/7 to care for her, Todd (Taylor’s dad), and the other children, Ryan and Peyton. I couldn’t stop the tears either as I read through these chapters. I cannot imagine feeling like 1/5 of me was forever gone.
Todd worked through his grief by getting busy. He helped to organize a memorial for Taylor at her middle school. But the biggest thing was starting Taylor’s Gift, a foundation started to increase awareness of organ donation. This foundation helps to link people to their own state, and to learn how they can register to be an organ donor.
The website Taylor’s Gift has a lot of pictures, products to buy, and stories about others who have benefited from organ donation. Click here to see when the Storches met Patricia, the precious lady who received Taylor’s heart.
Through this foundation, the Storch family found a new purpose and a new hope. The book definitely did its job. Taylor will never be forgotten, and I am forever aware of the beautiful gift of her organs, that her death brought forth.
A great book… but only if you feel like crying.
Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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